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Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
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Oct 02, 11

bookshelves: ncbla, picture-book
Read in October, 2011

This is a stunning and highly original picture book. From the first page's topiary shape cut to resemble a newborn baby crying to the last page in which the great-grandchild who is telling the story snips foliage in the shape of his grandfather, there are delights on every page. Basically, this is a boy's telling of his great grandfather's biography, growing up on a chicken farm, having dreams of studying horticulture, going off to war, finding the love of his life--all the big and little events that make a life. Although the man is now quite old and somewhat forgetful, all his memories are held in those topiary shapes, revealed in a stunning foliage gatefold that opens to show the times of his life. Smith created the illustrations of the characters in the book with waterproof drawing ink and brush and the foliage with watercolor, oil paint, and digital paint. Readers are sure to love the chicken pox and the Wizard of Oz illustrations. I like this one more each time I read it.
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